Following are visit with the Goodman’s in Echo Bay on Sucia Island, we headed to Anacortes for a night and to fuel up. The fuel dock at Cap Sante gives a price break at 750 gallons that consistently lowers its price below that of most other marinas.
We like to go into winter with fuel tanks pretty much full in order to reduce water condensation in the tanks. The drawback is that when we our fuel and water tanks are full, we list badly to the port side. That list can be addressed by drawing down the port water tank but often that takes a week or so to consume enough water to get us reasonably close to level. We added 909 gallons which got us within a 100 or so gallons of being totally full (we carry about 1400 usable gallons). Before we depart next year we’ll top things off.
For the final leg from Anacortes to Eagle Harbor, tides and the Corp of Engineers conspired to make it a 2 day journey. The tides were such that an early departure would mean fighting a flood current exiting Rosario Strait then fighting an ebb current down Admiralty Inlet. The Swinomish Channel wasn’t an early morning option because the Corp of Engineers was working on the swing railroad bridge across the channel until 9 am on the morning we wanted to depart.
We did opt for the Swinomish Channel and Saratoga Passage route but ended up anchoring in Elger Bay on Camano Island. The anchorage is exposed to south winds coming up Puget Sound and partly to west winds blowing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca but was okay the night we stayed there.
An early start on 9/14 got us into Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island in the late morning, ending our 2017 summer cruise.
Our season was 140 days long and covered 3817 miles. We operated the main engine a total of 656.5 hours. In calculating an average speed of 6.3 knots, I subtracted 51.1 hours for the idling along while fishing or sightseeing. We ran the generator 62.2 hours. In our 139 nights out, we anchored 91 nights, spent 2 nights on a mooring buoy and 46 nights at docks with services.
The map below shows the locations of all our overnight stops along the way. Clicking on a map symbol displays the location name and some descriptive text of the day’s journey.
To view this as a full page map click on Cruise 2017.